As a child in Alberta, Canada, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by imagining herself in the exotic locales of National Geographic—and then she set out to see them herself. After crisscrossing the world, she traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia, in August 2008 as a freelance journalist—and promptly was abducted. Held for 15 months in brutal conditions suffering inhuman treatment at the hands of her kidnappers, she again survived by imagining herself elsewhere: in a “house in the sky,” looking down at the woman confined below. Her memoir, A House in the Sky, illuminates the psychology, motivations, and extremism of her young guards— along with Lindhout’s understanding that her captors had been shaped by decades of war, famine and extreme poverty, and her decision, upon release, to found the Global Enrichment Foundation to help the Somali people rebuild their country through education. Amanda will be joined by her co-author Sara Corbett.
Learn more: About Lindhout and her foundation.